March 11th – October 14th
8 Saturday workshops spread over the growing season
Facilitator: Siobhán Lavelle
Time: 11:00 – 15:30
€30 to €50 per workshop pay as you go
€180 – €300 for entire course if booked by March 1st (25% discount)
The workshops can be taken as part of an 8 part course or each as stand alone workshops
Sliding scale is to accommodate people on lower incomes. Please pay what you can afford to help balance out costs.
Barter offers may be accepted. Please contact us to discuss this option.
Learn how to grow your own nutritious, chemical free vegetables from seed to harvest. Grow vegetables with less effort by working with nature’s systems.
Practical, hands-on, interactive workshops in a relaxed, friendly setting.
What you will learn:
- Sowing seeds – various methods
- Understanding and improving your soil
- Transplanting seedlings correctly
- Inexpensive, natural home remedies for pest and disease problems
- No dig gardening
- Companion planting and polyculture
- Natural, low maintenance weed control
- Annual vegetables, perennial vegetables and herbs
- March 11th
- April 15th
- May 13th
- June 10th
- July 8th
- August 12th
- September 9th
- October 14th
Food: Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. We will break for lunch between 13:00 and 13:45.
About the facilitator:
Siobhán is a qualified horticulturist who has been growing vegetables for 12 years and teaching horticulture for 6+ years. She is a diploma candidate with the UK Permaculture Association and is a co-founder of Coole Eco Community.
She is passionate about empowering people to grow their own food and about finding ways to make food production easier by understanding and working with nature.
Month by month plan
This plan is provisional, subject to weather and the pace the group and the plants are moving at. We will be growing and caring for crops in real time and responding to whatever issues arise as we go.
Seed sowing (indoors)
Finding and creating micro-climates
Creating no-dig beds
Seed sowing (outdoors)
Beneficial plants and insects
Building support structures for peas and beans
Minimum effort weed control
Natural pest and disease control
Chop and drop
Uses of weeds
Ongoing plant care
More on pest and disease control
Choosing vegetable varieties
Ongoing plant care
Combining vegetables with trees
Harvest and celebration